Scratch Boats in the IMS, PHRF and Multihull Fleets take Line Honors in the 29th Biennial Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race.
After a light-air start in Marblehead Sunday afternoon, the lead boats in the Marblehead to Halifax Ocean Race benefited a steadily building south-southeasterly wind that reached 25 to 30 knots in the Gulf of Maine on Sunday night and Monday and then settled to a moderate 12 to 15 knots along the Nova Scotia Coast.
The first finisher, Bright Star, a 75-foot Reichel/Pugh monohull skippered by Richard Breeden of the New York Yacht Club, crossed the line shortly before 2 a.m.(Atlantic Daylight Saving Time) Tuesday morning -- about 36 hours after the Sunday afternoon start in Marblehead-claiming line honors in the PHRF racing fleet. "This is not a record-breaking race but certainly a fast one" said Jeanne Church, head of yacht services for the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron.
Blue Yankee, a 66-foot Reichel/Pugh IMS racer skippered by Bob Towse of the Stamford (CT) Yacht Club was first to finish in the IMS fleet and Trike, a 40-foot trimaran sailed by Terenece Britton of Blue Hill, Maine was first in the multihull fleet.
As of 8 a.m. (Atlantic Time) Tuesday, 14 of the 104 starting boats had completed the 360 nautical-mile course. They are (in order of finish): Bright Star (PHRF), Trader (PHRF), Blue Yankee (IMS), Carrera (IMS), Donnybrook(PHRF), Trike (multihull); Grins (PHRF), Friends(multihull), Triad (multihull), Swamp Fox (multihull), Sonny (PHRF), Hot Flash (multihull), Temptress (IMS) and Excalbur (PHRF). Six boats withdrew for technical reasons.
Official finishing times and race standings were not yet available. Under the rules of the race all times are corrected and no winner can be announced until handicaps and corrected times are reviewed by the race committee.